Monday, January 24

What's on the line?

Since February is just around the corner, I am thinking of hearts so I thought I'd share this little hearts quilt today! This "little" quilt is, in fact, a design by the gals at Little*Quilts. The pattern can be found in their book...... Little*Quilts*All*Through*the*House. This is one of my most favorite quilts. I collected the thirties reproduction fabrics in the late 1990's so I could applique each heart in a different fabric. The yellow and the pinkish-red border were fat quarters that worked perfectly with the prints in the hearts. This was my first traditional applique quilt and I loved working on it. I never grew frustrated and enjoyed every stitch, all done by hand. The fabrics reminded me of all the colors in the quilts that the ladies made at church when I was a kid. You've heard me tell of my Mother, my Grandma Goldie and my Great Grandma Lillie, my Aunt Marie and other ladies of the United Brethren Church in Lehigh, Iowa who made mission quilts in the church basement. I love to be reminded of those times! I know that is why I like telling the stories of my quilts and those I've collected because I get to share those times again. And that's what I was doing a week ago last Thursday when I presented a progam to the quilt guild in Mankato. I always like to take a couple of pictures of the ladies who enjoy looking at all the things that I bring but that evening, it was so busy that I didn't get any pictures! This one was taken by the "guild photographer" just before the program started. The time went by so quickly that night and it seems to just keep going quickly!!! And yet, busy as it seems to be, I'm not sure I've accomplished much of anything. And that's partly because I was also relaxing (as in reading good books) as I was determined to give my arm and shoulder time to recover from overuse. It worked and I don't have any more shoulder or arm pain!! I even did a little stitching on a penny rug this past weekend. Plus, I baked two desserts on Saturday evening that were needed for the Soup Luncheon at church yesterday. Earlier in the day on Saturday, we did our grocery shopping together ! My husband came along for the first time in years! We had been out furniture shopping and on our way home, we decided to shop together rather than me going out to make another trip to the store. It has been ages since he has grocery shopped so I thought it was a really good experience for him. :-) And yes, we spent more than if I had shopped alone. LOL!
Going to be a busy week. Gotta catch up on stuff that I wasn't doing when my arm and shoulder were "out-of-whack". Think I'll finally build that Snowman quilt. It's going to warm up enough outside that one might enjoy making a real snowman! Anyway, just one last thing........ take a close-up look at that picture and the book on that quilt........it's called "Quilts & Nature" and is a quilting book written by my friend, Ilse Iversen. I'll share more about the book in my next post. See ya then!
Sandi

14 comments:

pdudgeon said...

so glad that you're feeling better!

Tonya said...

what a super cute little quilt, love the hearts

Mommarock said...

It is good to be able to put a face with the name. You look fantastic by the way. The smile fits with the kindness that you always show.

ooglebloops said...

Love your heart quilt- one of the first quilts I ever made, was an original design of 40 tiny hearts- each heart was from the fabric of clothing I had made for my daughter when she was little.

Cindy said...

I HEART "Little Quilts All Through the House" book. I have their other books as well.

I think your clothes line is the best - est clothes line around.

Scrappy quilter said...

Cute quilt!!

Needled Mom said...

What a sweet little quilt! It is perfect for February.

Glad that your shoulder is now pain free. Take care of it. It is easy to overdo.

Crispy said...

I'm so glad to hear you're getting to be pain free!! My break from quilting has helped my shoulder a lot too, but now I'm hooked on knitting LOL.

Crispy

Heather said...

Gosh, I've missed you, Sandi! lol It's been so long since I've had a chance to stop by your blog and it is just as entertaining as ever. You have such a way with words and storytelling!

I'm still a member of the Seasons group, but never seem to have the time to join in the chatter since going back to work. Now that things are a bit slower, though, I'm getting back to my blog and the ocassional blog visits. Just wanted to take a minute and say hello. Glad you're doing well and hope to keep better in touch this year!

Hugs, Heather

Judy C said...

Wonderfull little heart quilt Sandi, and even more wonderfull to see your smiling face!

Barb said...

I love what is on your line.....

desertskyquilts said...

Sandi, are you still Church of the Brethren? I had a dear friend who was Brethren, and I remember her talking about making quilts in the church basement - her mom and aunt and grandmother doing it, anyway, she didn't quilt. She passed away quite a few years ago, but she was in touch with family who still lived "back there" - maybe Illinois? I don't think Iowa, but what a small world anyway. I hadn't thought about that in ages. And the meals, yes?

Micki said...

I love your heart quilt, and the fabrics are just wonderful!
Micki

julieQ said...

I love your heart quilt too!! Very pretty...and I sure hope your arm and shoulder heal up quickly!

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